Make Inferences and Draw Conclusions
Readers make decisions or form opinions based on information they read. When readers make an inference or draw a conclusion, they try understand by using clues from the text and what they know from previous experiences. The conclusion is reached after thinking about details and facts. Thoughtful readers synthesize and evaluate information based on prior knowledge. Readers examine an author’s conclusion and evaluate the supporting details. Readers collect and question details in order to draw conclusions or evaluate conclusions written by the author. They go beyond the literal meaning of text to derive interpretative meanings.